Comradeship among Craftsmen

  • Advertise with us
Project by Roz posted 11-03-2010 04:24 AM 2827 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am sorry this is not really a woodworking project. I want to tell you of a great kindness recently done toward my family by a fellow craftsman Larry Marsh whom I am proud to call my friend. Since I moved to West Alabama, Larry and I have occasionally helped one another with projects and he has done a lot of work for my wife.

The background to this story involves my mother who recently under went cancer surgery and is not a candidate for the chemo or radiation therapy she needs. I have been spending a lot more time in the assisted living home with her since this diagnosis.

Several of the other residents of the home expressed how much they love the benches I made, but the seats were too hard for them to sit on for long. My mother’s commit was something like, “I’m not going to sit on those hard things.” So armed with this information I called my friend Larry Marsh, the finest upholsterer I have ever known.

Larry made very dense cushions to fit from photos and measurements I supplied. Larry did this with out charging me for labor and did it in a week so my mother would be able to see them and possibly use them. Larry is a professional upholsterer and makes his living plying his craft which in my mind makes his selfless gesture even more poignant. The results were greatly appreciated by the residents and look really nice.

Larry is not a Lumberjock will probably never read this entry. It does not matter; I wanted to share the story of his kind and selfless deed with you.

Thank you Larry, you restore my faith in my fellow man.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

31 comments so far

View Manitario's profile


2630 posts in 2881 days

#1 posted 11-03-2010 04:29 AM

Thanks for sharing; it is always encouraging to hear stories of kindness and generosity rather than the usual drek that makes the news.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

View Maveric777's profile


2693 posts in 3075 days

#2 posted 11-03-2010 04:34 AM

Now stuff like “That” reaffirms my faith in humanity…. Wood working or not… Thank you for sharing and hats off to Larry. Its a fact that people like him makes this world go round….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

View shopmania's profile


701 posts in 3180 days

#3 posted 11-03-2010 04:36 AM

Great story and nice looking benches. I know you are going thru a tough time, and my thoughts are with you and your mom.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

View Millo's profile


543 posts in 3048 days

#4 posted 11-03-2010 05:07 AM

upholstery is part of furniture making, so… great story!

View Woodwrecker's profile


4148 posts in 3574 days

#5 posted 11-03-2010 05:08 AM

Larry is the kind of guy I try my best to be like and fall short more often then not.
We’ll pray for your Mom.
Better days are coming Dan.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

View TreeBones's profile


1827 posts in 4021 days

#6 posted 11-03-2010 05:10 AM

Nice, Great, Wonderful, Inspiring, Respectful. Our elders are our treasure and deserving the best we can give. Networking together we are stronger and are able to offer more than if standing alone.Thanks to all.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 3671 days

#7 posted 11-03-2010 05:28 AM

Thanks for sharing, Roz.

View a1Jim's profile


117091 posts in 3575 days

#8 posted 11-03-2010 07:16 AM

A good story thanks Roz

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View JasonIndy's profile


187 posts in 3433 days

#9 posted 11-03-2010 07:36 AM

That is a good story, thank you and hang in there..

View Monty Queen's profile

Monty Queen

1593 posts in 3250 days

#10 posted 11-03-2010 07:40 AM

Awesome story, and beautiful seat covers, sorry to hear about your mother. Thanks for posting that story.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

View peteg's profile


4284 posts in 2821 days

#11 posted 11-03-2010 08:59 AM

Mum is in very caring hands Terry and we wish you both all the best, God bless
“hats of to Larry” what a mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile


18271 posts in 3674 days

#12 posted 11-03-2010 09:11 AM

Maybe you could call it the completion of the benches ;-)) Great generosity on his part.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View spud72's profile


324 posts in 3492 days

#13 posted 11-03-2010 01:02 PM

Society needs more people like Larry. Your a lucky person to have him as a friend.

Thanks for sharing, and thanks for Guys like Larry.


-- Guy,PEI

View MsDebbieP's profile


18615 posts in 4159 days

#14 posted 11-03-2010 01:11 PM

“it takes a village to raise a child”—and to care for our Elders.
What a wonderful story about community members helping each other: the woodworker making the benches, the upholsterer making the cushions, the assisted living home caring for those in need, and the recipients of all this love and care.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

View CharlieM1958's profile


16274 posts in 4216 days

#15 posted 11-03-2010 02:16 PM

Great benches, great story, Terry.

My prayers are with you and your mother.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

showing 1 through 15 of 31 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics